Netherbrook Primary School

Lower School

Years 1, 2 and 3 make up the Lower School.

In Lower School we study Mathematics including; arithmetic and reasoning skills and also English which includes writing, reading, grammar, spelling and handwriting every day.

Science, History, Geography, Music, Computing, Art and D&T are taught through themed topics enabling children to make links between subjects. Teachers always ensure these lessons are creative and hands on. The children are also encouraged to work independently to improve their retention of knowledge and their ability to apply key skills appropriately.

Religious Education is taught as a separate subject following the Dudley Agreed Syllabus for RE.

French is taught in school from Year 3 using an ICT program and other resources.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is also taught every week and is a key focus for our work dealing with feelings, emotions and behaviour as well as helping our pupils learn about personal freedoms, human rights and our place in the world.

Year 3 go swimming every week for one hour a week for twenty weeks (this is later followed up with a further 20 one hour lessons in Year 5) this is to ensure that our pupils reach the expected standard of being able to swim 25m unaided by the end of their time in primary school.

All children have the opportunity to take part in Forest School lessons with a fully trained Forest School Leader.

Our parents and children enjoy 'Inspire' and 'Team Read' sessions, where they work together in school to plan and make something linked to their current topic or come in early to read together in class at the start of the day.

We have further enrichment activities through themed weeks, visitors to school and year group visits to places of interest. We are able to take advantage of the many local historical features within walking distance of our school.

Our Learning

Assessment in Lower School:

Also see Curriculum Topic Plans on our Curriculum page.

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